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Circus World Displays Reviews

Updated 6 December, 2018
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Pros
  • "Benefits for full time employees, established company, paid training and courses, company events a few times a year" (in 11 reviews)

  • "A great place to work if you are interested in a challenging and fast paced work environment" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Sometimes one person is doing 2 people job hurts performance and work/life balance" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Company is lead by 2 managing directors who may not always be on the same page all the time" (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "It's nice to look forward to going to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Definitely find this company a "Family" environment. From the first day I had my first interview, I felt welcomed and part of the team. Little things like company picnics to random company sponsored luncheons to show staff appreciation make a huge impact on morale. Having management solicit and implement suggestions from team members shows that you are part of the company and not just a "number"

    Cons

    Smaller department sizes can lead to staffing issues due to absenteeism, but it is a minor obstacle.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. "Receptive to Ideas, Always Listening and Learning"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    Everyone in the company is very receptive to good ideas, whether they come from the top or the bottom. It really feels like a team that is working to be the best they can be by consistently working smarter to get better together.

    Cons

    There are times when it feels like some roles can be given more direct authority/control on decisions, but I have worked in other organizations which were much worse about this.

    Advice to Management

    Look for more opportunities to empower proven individuals to make clear decisions without requiring manager confirmation

  3. "Great Company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    - Plenty of opportunity for growth
    - A chance to take advantage of paid courses/training to improve skills
    - A great team atmosphere
    - Plenty of incentives such as corporate events, department lunches etc.

    Cons

    - Family benefits are available but must be paid for if you are not a Manager
    - Only 2 weeks paid vacation


  4. "Great Learning Experience and Opportunity for Advancement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    This company is great for learning. I have learned so much since starting here and get to use a lot of creative thinking each day. Definitely a great place to work.

    Cons

    The MDs are extremely involved in the day to day business which is great and gives them a huge sense of ownership in the business. The only downside to this is often slows down processes while waiting for approvals or feedback.

    Advice to Management

    Implementing a different approvals process would ensure everything moves along smoothly and effectively.


  5. "Room to Grow, Positive environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Niagara Falls, ON
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Niagara Falls, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to gain experience.
    Fast paced, rarely do you ever have a chance to be bored.
    Suggestions for improvement are taken seriously and implemented to better the company when it makes sense and meets business needs.
    Encouragement to move up in the company and seek out what part of the business suits your skills.
    It is a very positive environment.

    Cons

    Things can be delayed, yearly reviews being one.


  6. "Creative and Forward Thinking"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Product Manager in Niagara Falls, ON
    Current Employee - Assistant Product Manager in Niagara Falls, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Creative and Forward Thinking!
    Teamwork Approach
    Always Striving for Excellence
    Stable and Considerate
    Poised for Massive Growth
    Standard Operating Procedures

    Cons

    The company is currently in a high growth period so restructuring presents its challenges. Too many balls in the air sometimes. I think all companies struggle with these issues. Strive for faster more educated decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to align the company to your vision
    Allow yourself to grow and build trust in your employees.


  7. "Great Leadership and Growth Opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    Overall a great place to work where the corporate culture is positive and employees are focused on bringing success to all aspects of the company.

    - They promote from within
    - Great work life balance
    - Really cool products
    - Focused on growth for the company and for employees
    - Good facilities/building management
    - Great benefits (Health, Gym, Training, Education)

    Cons

    - Horizontal Organizational Structure can led to delays in decision making

    Hard to find other constructive criticism. The company has worked hard to address any employee concerns and are always willing to receive suggestions for improvement.

    Advice to Management

    Provide managers with more decision making authority to improve efficiency and increase productivity.
    Continue to be employee focused and work on sustainable growth.

  8. "Rapid Growth Organization"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Circus World Displays full-time

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth, fantastic culture, company events, luncheons, give-aways etc.

    Cons

    Growing pains: Company is running on very lean staffing. Stress can often be high in the wake of a fast paced and ever-growing/ever changing environment. Days can be long, and pressure can be high at times.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "There is no management, only micro-management."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Circus World Displays full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the employees are actually pretty great, and smart, and creative

    Cons

    Micro-management
    No trust for employees
    BOD can access all video cameras via their cell phones, so you are being monitored 24/7
    Very high turnover rate
    Asked upper management to write reviews on this site
    Upper management are the only ones who get many benefits the company promotes as perks, like RRSP contributions and additional vacation time
    Processes make no sense, and the BOD is very resistant to change
    Employees are expected to stay late on a regular basis
    The employee education fund has been put in place so they can get current employees to learn how to fill positions of those employees who have quit. They will not pay you to do two jobs, but they will pay for you to learn how to do the second job, and allow you to continue with your new title and twice the work load. As a bonus, they do not have to hire anyone else who will inevitably quit on them

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust your employees
    Better yet, sell the company to someone who knows what they are doing if you ever want to see it succeed


  10. Helpful (8)

    "You must suffer for expérience... Right?? I think."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional
    Former Employee - Administrative Professional
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -good for graduate (get your one or two years of expérience and move on)
    - team events (you will be talked into going if you say no)
    - Team members aside from management are amazing to work with. They are nice and will become family and most even hang out after leaving here (Survivors who live to tell and end up at companies who value them)

    Cons

    - Favorites. There are many employees at this company who are the favorites. If your not one you dont have à chance.
    - Board of directors two brothers. They don't see eye to eye frequently also they have little expérience outside of this company. One of them micromanages, thé other sets unrealistic deadlines. I worked directly under one.
    -Your life must be only CWD. They are mindful of who leaves at 5 on thé dot. If you aren't willing to work late you won't succeed. Many meetings will be booked after 5 or you wont get à meeting. Most positions are salary too so you lose money. They designed It that way. Not à good company to work at If you have à family.
    - They steal ideas. Not innovative. If another company is doing It thats what they will do. Not okay with new ideas and won't give you space to make your own decisions. You will be micromanaged. You cannot move forward as they won't show up for meetings or respond to emails.
    - More Interested in how you format correspondance than thé information inside.
    - You are being watched more than any other place. How many times you go to bathroom, etc. Cameras throughout building. They love to spy and doubt everyone.
    -Wages and reviews: your wage will only go so far. I had à review 2 years late and they waited and waited and was let go with no backpay right before. I only stayed bécause even with only cost of living increase I would of had à large backpay. Your review is à low priority and they say you will get backpay but thats If they dont let you go or you quit first.

    Advice to Management

    Let it go let it go... Let your employee make their own décisions.

    Stop calling it à board of directors when clearly no one but family will hold that position.

    Did anyone else notice most reviews of current employee is in November 2014. Most likely HR pushing towards trying to improve image. Even this is micromanaged.